Charter Proposal

The new charter for Amherst proposed by the Charter Commission is calling for a dramatic reduction of the number of citizens directly involved in town governance. If enacted as currently…

Circle Update

According to Guildford, he authorized the circle because traffic travelling turning left on Triangle Street toward the center of town was getting backed up. I never noticed this, although it…

Circle upon Circles

As a tangential follow-up to my East Pleasant Street sidewalk post, I wanted to ask: Why is the town putting in a traffic circle at the intersection of East Pleasant…

Walk this Way?

There’s no sidewalk on the 1.5-mile stretch of East Pleasant Street from just above Village Park north to Pine Street. The driving speed there varies from 35-40 mile per hour….

What’s Next?

For me: I’m currently working with other people in my area on getting sidewalks (aka “a multi-use path”) built along East Pleasant, to connect Amherst center with Pine Street. Like…

The Cons

Upon first glance at TM, looking out on a sea of gray, the biggest con I could see was that it isn’t demographically representative of Amherst. It skews heavily toward…

The Pros

Do I think TM works effectively as a form of governance? Looking back on my first TM session (sounds therapeutic, doesn’t it?), I can see pros and cons. The “Things…

The Things I’m Most Proud Of

I’m proud of a number of things that TM accomplished this spring. I can’t claim responsibility for any of these beyond voting “yes,” although I hope to become more involved…

Introduction

Nope, I didn’t get involved with local politics because of how much fun Leslie Knope and the other characters on Parks and Rec were having. I got involved because of…